Roma president faces UEFA charge


May 05, 2018
Roma club president James Pallotta (center) looks down from the stands during the Champions League semi-final second leg match between Roma and Liverpool at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

NYON, Switzerland (AP):

Roma president Jim Pallotta is facing punishment from UEFA for his comments about referee decisions in his team's Champions League elimination against Liverpool.

UEFA said yesterday that Pallotta has been charged with "improper conduct".

UEFA's disciplinary panel will judge the American official's case on May 31 after Liverpool play Real Madrid in the final.

"I'm surprised by the opening of this disciplinary procedure," Pallotta told Italian news agency ANSA. "For me, it is UEFA's conduct which is inappropriate. What do I think? I'm dying of laughter."

Pallotta was angry at decisions going against his team, including a penalty not awarded for an apparent handball by Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold in the second half of Wednesday's match.

Among Pallotta's comments, he challenged UEFA to quickly introduce video review of key incidents. otherwise, "stuff like this is just an absolute joke".

Liverpool won 7-6 on aggregate to reach the final on May 26 in Kiev.

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